Good news for the town centre with the opening of Clothes for Cash -marking the fifth new business premises on Dunlo St. in 18 months. Previously a well-known motor part shop (Kelso’s), Clothes for Cash is in a prime location and business man Gary Dineen is grateful to see other shop owners are ‘’encouraging and positive’’ at the opening of a new shop on Dunlo Street. Gary established Clothes for Cash. ie four years ago. The business initially started by buying second hand clothes from door to door.
After this, Gary began to attend clothes drives held by schools and clubs to raise funds and bought the second hand clothes in this way. Seeing the business off to a successful start, Gary was always looking for ways to expand the business even further. His most recent expansion has been the opening of his first store in the town centre. ‘’I saw an opening in the market in the recession for people to recycle their unwanted clothes and make money at the same time’’, remarked Gary. Reigning from The Kingdom of Kerry, father of two Gary Dinneen hopes to create two full time jobs for the area with the establishment of his new business, Clothes for Cash.
Clothes collected are graded and exported to Eastern Europe and Africa. According to Gary, who has become an expert in the field, ‘’seventy percent of the world population wear second hand clothing. It feels good to know that these clothes will be worn again and re-used instead of ending up in our landfills.’’ ‘’I enjoy the local curiosity and explaining how the whole system works. Our shop is unique in that we pay the customer rather than the customer paying us. I am very thankful for all the well wishes and kind gestures and I hope that the people of Ballinasloe and surrounding area will continue to support me and help my business grow.’’
‘’The Clothes for Cash process is very easy. You bring in your unwanted clothing, we weigh it and then we pay you 50 cent per kg. For example, a 10kg bag is worth €5’’, explained Gary. The store accepts; clean, dry and reusable clothes, paired shoes, trainers (tied), curtains, handbags, belts and bedding. Dirty, torn or wet clothing is not accepted as well as duvets and pillows. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday
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